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A LONE PALM STANDS

H.A. Olsen

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Copyright 2010 H.A. Olsen

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Part One

Life is a Beach






CHAPTER ONE

A Bad Moon Risin’

August 22nd, 1989



Something didn’t seem right.

I knew it as soon as I reached the end of the wooden walkway that led from my house to the beach. Before me stretched a wide expanse of sand, bathed in the light of the full moon. Waves rolled against the shore in a soothing rhythm, while crickets chirped a happy serenade in the thicket behind the dunes. And the stars—oh, my God, they never looked so bright and so close, like diamonds I could pluck from the sky and string into a necklace. Simply put, it was the most perfect summer evening imaginable. So why wasn’t anyone around to enjoy it?

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